ELêNA by Diane Stanley


Age Range: 8 - 12
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 Growing up in Mexico before the Revolution, strong-willed ElÇna goes against Pap†'s orders and the custom of the time to learn to read (``ElÇna took to education like a bird to the air'') and to marry Pablo, a poor Indian with no inheritance (``There was a peacefulness about him that felt like ancient wisdom''). ElÇna is a happy mother of four and Pablo has become a famous artisan (his sombreros are known even to Pancho Villa) when he dies suddenly in an accident. Taking to heart his deathbed prediction of a terrible war, ElÇna flees her home and struggles as a poor immigrant so that her children can become Americans. In her first novel, Stanley (The True Adventure of Daniel Hall, 1995, etc.) makes ElÇna a one- dimensional figure, but she's such a heroic proponent of following your own heart that she stands above the sentimental story and keeps it involving. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 29th, 1996
ISBN: 0-7868-0256-1
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1996


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